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Wheeler: Tips to help your spring plantings take root

If the past few days of warm weather have given you a fever to plant shrubs, trees and flowers in the yard, you're not alone. The promise of spring is in the air, and it is hard to sit still as the days become longer and the temperatures rise. I love days like these and really enjoy getting out and experiencing a new start as plants wake from their winter dormancy.

March 08, 2013 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists

Wheeler: Choose the right site for your veggie, flower garden

Choosing a garden site is one of the most important decisions any gardener will make.

March 01, 2013 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists

Agribiz: Cantaloupe packers are under FDA’s microscope

Knowing that the food you eat is safe is many times taken for granted by most Americans. The only time we really think about food safety is when something happens to the food supply that makes people sick.

February 28, 2013 | Michael Wheeler | Business

Wheeler: Attack winter weeds before they seed

This time of year, the Extension office receives many calls about home lawn care and weed control. Maintaining a lawn takes a lot of work and effort but it can be very rewarding in the long run.

February 22, 2013 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists

Wheeler: Healthy plants need soil pH, dirt and fertilizer

If you have ever come into the office to ask me a question about how to grow a garden, fix a production issue or renovate a pasture, one of the first things I talk about is bringing in a soil sample to the office.

February 15, 2013 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists

Agribiz: Georgia’s farm tax exemption is popular

The Georgia Ag Tax Exemption program, or GATE, has been well received by producers from across the state.

February 14, 2013 | Michael Wheeler | Business

Wheeler: Tips to pick healthy plants at garden center

Now is one of the better times to plant new additions to our landscapes. Planting now gives trees and shrubs a better chance of getting established before the heat of summer hits like a ton of bricks.

February 08, 2013 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists

Wheeler: Take steps now to head off blossom end rot

I see it year after year in the Extension Office: Clients come in wondering what to do about their tomatoes or peppers that are being laid to waste by disease. Many times, the problem in question is part of fungal diseases that can occur. Other times the problem is what is called blossom end rot.

February 01, 2013 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists

Agribiz: Agricultural census takes America’s farm pulse

Once every five years, farmers get a chance to be counted through the national Census of Agriculture. As more and more people leave the farm and choose to do something different, the census proves to be an important tool to account for this ever-shrinking population.

January 30, 2013 | Michael Wheeler | Business

Wheeler: Combat soil compaction with aeration

Over time, the soil beneath our lawns can become as hard as a brick due to soil compaction. This reduces pore space and increases soil density.

January 25, 2013 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists

Wheeler: Grass and trees just don’t mix

Here in Hall County people are generally very passionate about their lawns. Many want a nice turfed area, even under trees. But sometimes that reality is harder to come by even when everything has been planned out perfectly.

January 18, 2013 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists

Agribiz: UGA workshop to help local farmers

Many times in the office, I receive phone calls or walk-ins from people who want to do something productive with their property. Generally, these people have 10 to 20 acres of land and want to put some of it into production, say small fruits.

January 17, 2013 | Michael Wheeler | Business

Wheeler: If you’re going to plant, do it now

Throughout the year, I will have people call wanting planting advice. Typically they want to know what type of plant should be planted for their landscape. But I also get a lot of questions whether the time of year is right to plant.

January 11, 2013 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists

Wheeler: Springtails are only a nuisance

From time to time we hear from a lot of people who have problems with a tiny, brown hopping insect around or in their homes. These tiny creatures are springtails.

January 04, 2013 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists

Agribiz: Growing forest industry a sign good for global economy

I found an article discussing the global forest industry's recovery from the five-year economic recession that has plagued everyone. It was interesting to read and I thought to share it because this is something that I have discussed over Christmas with my brother-in-law. He works as a chemical engineer for a paper company and he was commenting that the industry, or at least his company, was doing well.

January 03, 2013 | Michael Wheeler | Business

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Michael Wheeler: Drought conditions still a factor despite two rainy days

This is one of the worst droughts I can remember. And according to a lot of other folks, this one sure does take the cake ...

December 01, 2016 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


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